Maya Zankoul

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Maya Zankoul
Maya Zankoul2.jpeg
Born (1986-06-30) 30 June 1986 (age 30)
Hasbaya, Lebanon
Nationality Lebanese
Area(s) Artist & Writer
Notable works
Amalgam , Amalgam vol. 2

Maya Zankoul (Arabic: مايا زنقول‎‎) (born 30 June 1986 in Hasbaya, Lebanon) is a Lebanese author, visual artist, blogger and television personality mostly known for her sarcastic cartoons and comics published in her books and her popular webcomic blog, Amalgam.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Maya Zankoul grew up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and in 2005 moved to her home country Lebanon, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design in 2007 from Notre Dame University – Louaize.


In 2009, she started her comic blog, Amalgam, where she shares illustrations commenting on daily life in Lebanon from a socio-political point of view.[3]

She self-published her first book, Amalgam, in 2009,[4] reaching Top 5 in sales at Virgin Megastore.[5]

In summer 2010, after touring Lebanon with her exhibition Amalgame,[6] she published her second book, Amalgam Vol. 2.[7]

In January 2011, she founded her own design studio in Beirut,.[8] The Italian translation of her books is published by publishing house Il Sirente, in their Altriarabi series, and the books were launched at the Pisa Book Festival 2011.[9]

In April 2013, she co-founded Explainer Video company wezank.[10]


Maya Zankoul's Amalgam Vol. 2 book cover

Author, Illustrator[edit]


In the press
In books
  • Nuits Beyrouthines[15]


Zankoul made her first major television debut with a segment aiming at teaching social media to stay-at-home women entitled Bwa2ta.[16] The segment premiered in August 2012 and still runs every Tuesday on Future Television.


  • "Samneh w 3asal" (2011) At Tawlet Souk el Tayeb (Beirut)[17][18][19]
  • "Amalgame" (2009, 2010) At the French Culture Center, (Beirut, Saida, Tripoli, Deir el Qamar and Zahle centers)[6]

Other work[edit]

Zankoul actively participates in illustration in local and regional events. She did live illustrations at the Arabnet 2010 conference[20] and at the 17e Salon du Livre Francophone de Beyrouth[21][22]

She has also lectured at the American University of Beirut,[23] and has presented her work at the First Creative Commons Salon in Amman, Jordan[24] and at Pecha Kucha Night 6 in Beirut.[25]

In May 2010, she signed her book in Geneva, Switzerland.[26]

In October 2011, she presented her book and work to Felipe, Prince of Asturias at a Campus Party event in Granada, Spain.[27]

In September 2013, she participated to a talk titled "War, Not A Serious Issue" with Paolo Di Giannantonio in Lucera, Italy at the occasion of the Mediterranean Culture Festival.[28]


  1. ^ "Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News -". 2015-02-27. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  2. ^ "Maya's Amalgam". Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  3. ^ "Talking To: Blogger Maya Zankoul". Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Maya Zankoul's Amalgam Maya Zankoul's Amalgam: 9789953015217: Books". Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Maya Zankoul offers a slice of Lebanese life". 2010-09-03. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  6. ^ a b "Expo: "Amalgame" de Maya Zankoul au CCF". 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  7. ^ "Amalgam Vol. 2: 9789953018461: Books". Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  8. ^ "Maya Zankoul: Lebanon's Media Wunderkind | Magda Abu-Fadil". Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  9. ^ (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Wezank, la vidĂŠo et l’animation au service de la communication" (in French). 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  11. ^ "Industry for Development". Making It Magazine. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  12. ^ "NGO rankings, Global Governance, Energy, Innovation, Issues". Global Journal. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  13. ^ Bailey, Alyssa. "Fashion Magazine - Beauty Tips, Fashion Trends, & Celebrity News". ELLE. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  14. ^ "Arab Ad February 2015". Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  15. ^ [1] Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "ÇáäÔŃÉ ÇáÝäíÉ - "B ćŢĘĺÇ" ÝŢŃÉ ĘßäćáćĚíÉ ĚĎíĎÉ ááăŃĂÉ Úáě "ÇáăÓĘŢČá"". Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  17. ^ "Lebanese culture served on a plate -". 2011-08-16. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  18. ^ "Cartoons meet cuisine at Beirut’s Tawlet | Life , Living". The Daily Star. 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  19. ^ Carla Henoud (2011-08-15). "Samneh w 3asal... à déguster avec les yeux - Carla Henoud - L'Orient-Le Jour". Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  20. ^ [2][dead link]
  21. ^ Archived from the original on 18 November 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  23. ^ [3] Archived 26 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ [4][dead link]
  25. ^ "PechaKucha 20x20". Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  26. ^ [5] Archived 3 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ "Regalo al Principe Felipe, de campusera Maya Zankoul | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. 2011-10-13. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 
  28. ^ "Gli autori dell’XI Festival della Letteratura Mediterranea 18/22 settembre 2013". 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2015-03-03. 

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